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October 2, 2016
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2016/5777 High Holiday Letter – Embracing our Truest Selves

Dear Hevreh, Whenever the High Holidays come around, it always seems that there is pressure to make these days count more than others. From the perspective of the “Jew in the pew,” this is when we have the strongest sense of obligation, need, or guilt to show up to shul; from the perspective of synagogue leadership, this is when we can engage the most number of people and make sure our financial house is in order (our very own version of “Black Friday”); and from the perspective of clergy, this is when we have the chance to make the biggest difference in people’s lives, when our hearts and our minds are open to the idea of change and we’re all hoping[...]

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High Holidays

September 30, 2016
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Unique and Traditional 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service

Join us for a unique High Holiday experience as we go through core parts of our traditional liturgy exploring themes of unity, gratitude, humility, and love. There will be ample opportunity for prayer, conversation, and singing. At the core of our conversation and exploration will be reflection on the latest controversy surrounding the building of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. In particular we will look at an article by former Minister of Knesset and outgoing leader of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky. Please click here to READ the article ONLINE Please click here to DOWNLOAD the article to PRINT You may want to consider asking some questions at your Rosh Hashanah table based off of this article. These questions could include: What are the[...]

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April 21, 2016
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DAY 1391: Reflection as a Police Chaplain – The Power of God

Dear Hevreh, I never held a pistol before, let alone carried one in a gun holster snug tightly against my hip. Yet there I was, a rabbi and a police chaplain, armed in a training simulator at the Middlesex County Police training center to get a taste of what police officers experience on a daily basis. The wall length screen in front of me projected scenarios that police face, from traffic stops of armed bikers and arrest warrant fugitives to domestic violence calls. It was sobering, surreal even, to encounter these individuals on the screen who, through the wonders of technology, seemed so real. As our Captain said, even though you know it's not real your heart rate will increase as[...]

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September 27, 2015
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DAY 1182: The Middle or The End?

(9/25/15), Depending on your take, we are either at the end of the holidays (no more Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur) or we are in the middle of them (Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret, & Simhat Torah, here we come!). There are good reasons for both opinions. For those who see us at the end of the holidays, nothing can beat the majesty, the aura, and solemnity of the High Holiday experience (especially after hearing our organ at work on Kol Nidre!). Though it may be a short time, it is an intense time and, especially after Norman's moving Yizkor Address, reminds us why we're Jews. Listen to parts of the Yom Kippur Service including... Organ playing Kol Nidre Cantor Bronwen Mullin's version[...]

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Yom Kippur Service 2015/5776

YOM KIPPUR SERVICE -- Listen to many of the teachings and prayers from our Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur service this year! Kol Nidre Organ playing Kol Nidre [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Organ.wav"][/audio] Kol Nidre (Cantor/Rav Bronwen Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Kol-Nidre.wav"][/audio] Sermon: The Value of Saying "I'm Sorry" (Rabbi Ari Saks) [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Sermon.mp4"][/video] Yom Kippur Day Yizkor Appeal (Norman Silverstein) [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Yizkor-Appeal.mp4"][/video]   Yizkor (Cantor/Rav Bronwen Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Yizkor.wav"][/audio]   Sermon: When Expectations Don't Jive with Reality (Rabbi Ari Saks) [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Sermon.mp4"][/video]

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Rabbi Saks’ Yom Kippur Day Sermon — When Expectations Don’t Jive with Reality

YOM KIPPUR DAY SERMON -- Listen to Rabbi Saks' sermon on standing at the crossroads of contradiction when you're dealing with the dilemma of how expectations don't always jive with the reality of our lives... [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Sermon.mp4"][/video]

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Yizkor Appeal from Immediate Past President Norman Silverstein

YIZKOR APPEAL - Listen to Immediate Past President Norman's Silverstein moving Yizkor appeal to donate to Beth Mordecai in honor of our deceased loved ones... [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Yizkor-Appeal.mp4"][/video] Donate today!

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Yom Kippur Yizkor 2015/5776

YIZKOR -- Didn't get a chance to hear Yizkor during Yom Kippur services? Here's your chance! Listen to our Yizkor service this year and insert the names of your loved ones at the appropriate time using the pictures the pictured text below. [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Yizkor.wav"][/audio]   Please join us for our next LIVE Yizkor on Monday October 5th, 8am-10:30 am during our Sh'mini Atzeret/Simhat Torah service! CLICK on the pictures. They will open up in a new window in the correct direction  

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Kol Nidre by Cantor Rav Bronwen Mullin

KOL NIDRE -- Listen to Cantor/Rav Bronwen Mullin's beautiful rendition of Kol Nidre... Click below to listen! [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Kol-Nidre.wav"][/audio]

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The Organ Plays Kol Nidre

ORGAN MUSIC - Listen to our historic organ play the hallowed music of Kol Nidre... [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Organ.wav"][/audio]

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